Jonathan Oosting is an award-winning Michigan political reporter covering the Capitol beat for Bridge. He has a master’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University and has previously worked for The Detroit News and MLive Media Group. He is from Grand Rapids and lives in Lansing. You can reach him at email@example.com, 517-862-1079 or on Twitter @jonathanoosting.
November 6, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting
While Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and GOP leaders squabble, budget vetoes are forcing cuts or other tough decisions for local governments, nonprofits and service entities that have already lost state funding — or will soon if state leaders do not resolve the dispute.
November 4, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting
A supply shortage and regulatory hurdles means recreational pot sales aren’t likely until February or March. And two-thirds of all Michigan municipalities have already passed rules saying ‘not in our town.’
November 1, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting
A bipartisan effort is underway in Lansing to expand a program that so far has paid $20,000 per every job businesses have promised to create. The move comes despite growing skepticism that incentives work.
October 31, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting
Michigan lawmakers want to attract massive cloud storage data centers that technology giants like Facebook and Google are opening in other states, but critics fear the tax breaks will siphon money needed to fix struggling schools.
October 29, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting
Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday offered Republican legislative leaders a series of bargaining concessions in an attempt to break an ongoing budget stalemate but made clear she will not sign away gubernatorial power.
October 28, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting
An unlikely alliance of Voters Not Politicians and GOP leaders are discussing opening public records access laws, lobbying reforms, personal financial disclosures, ethics oversight and limitations on aggressive legislating during the state’s so-called lame-duck session.
October 24, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting
A months-long union worker strike at one of Michigan’s largest road building firms has delayed some pavement projects and shows no signs of letting up as the summer construction season nears an end.
Interest in changing Michigan’s strict legislative term limits may produce an unlikely alliance: Voters Not Politicians, the GOP and Michigan Chamber.
October 22, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting
Work on Pure Michigan tourism ads will continue through at least the end of the year after approval to use $740K to pay firms. Its long-term status remains shaky after a $37.5 million budget veto.
October 21, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting
In an under-the-radar move, the GOP tried to shift $1.5 million from the Department of Civil Rights to three private museums. The move came as hate crimes are increasing.
October 18, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting
Known for his ability to reach across the aisle, the Republican and state’s longest serving governor served Michigan as waterways commissioner, state senator and lieutenant governor before becoming governor.
October 17, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting
The Democratic governor loosens policies restricting how much money recipients can have in the bank. Critics of the old rules called them ‘cruel and unusual,’ but Republicans fear the new limits will increase fraud.
October 15, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting
Were Michigan Rep. Larry Inman’s solicitations for donations ‘legitimate legislative sausage making’ or a ‘criminal attempt to extort money’? A jury will decide, after a judge declines to dismiss the case.
October 14, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting
A visitor center next to the state Capitol will be smaller after the first-term governor nixes an additional $15 million for the project.
October 11, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting
Attorney General Nessel is asking the judge to ignore her heated rhetoric as a private citizen and suspend his recent ruling allowing faith-based adoption agencies to refuse service to gay or transgender parents.
Republicans explore taking power away from Whitmer, as her Democratic allies submit bills to restore some unpopular budget cuts, including $1 million for an autism program and $34 million for rural hospitals.
October 9, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer spared a psychiatric hospital whose closure would have devastated the Thumb. But long waiting lists persist statewide, and the hospital’s problems remain.
Ahead of a Thursday meeting with the first-term governor, GOP lawmakers are drafting bills to restore funding for popular programs Whitmer cut including an autism hotline.
October 7, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting
Michigan’s first-ever hemp harvest is bearing fruit. Now that CBD has gone mainstream, early returns are positive, despite fears of overproduction and overhype.
October 3, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting
Law enforcement raises alarms after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer axed $13 million for a state grant program that has helped county sheriffs hire road patrol deputies since 1978.